Photographer finds ten rare cars rotting in Japanese countryside

A Japanese photoblogger stumbled across this field of ten first-generation Mazda Cosmo sports cars in the countryside, slowly dissolving into the earth. It's obvious someone doesn't realize what's in their backyard.

Photographer finds ten rare cars rotting in Japanese countryside

The Cosmo was the first Mazda to sport a rotary engine, with its two-rotor setup good for 110 hp and a 0-to-60 mph run of just under 9 seconds. Only 1,519 were built, and only two are known to exist in the United States — one in the meat forks of none other than Jay Leno.

Photographer finds ten rare cars rotting in Japanese countryside

Recent sales of unrestored models have sought $45,000; given the booming interest in Japanese sports cars from the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, a mint Cosmo might be worth more than double that. (Thanks banpei!)